I'll say it again:I HAVE NO OFFICIAL NOR CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT A COMERCIAL VERSION OF INDIGO.
Like someone who likes Indigo and would definitly buy a comercial license of it, assumming it is within a reasonable price and has the right support options and features, this are some suggestions.
What would be a reasonable price? For a senior Architecture student, who isn't part of a big firm and is about to start his own business... anything under US$500.00 for a final presentation renderer would be a reasonable price. I guess a big coorporation could pay more, but not me not now.
However, I wouldn't pay for Indigo on it's current state. First it needs some features and some support options that aren't in yet. In order of priorities:
- * Direct Export from my design package, without in-between 3rd party softwares. Namely, "Comercial Indigo" would need to ship with a working export pluging for the main architectural desing applications (VectorWorks, Autodesk Architectural Desktop, SkechtUp Pro, etc.). I'm a VectorWorks user, but the others has their fallowing as well.
You see on the polls that most users are hobbyst and are using Blender. It isn't a surprize given that most of Blender users are hobbyst and it hast (probably) the best Indigo exporter out there. If Nicolas wants to introduce Indigo to a more business-oriented audience, then Indigo has to play nicely with the software the audience is already using.
* Linux support. Natively or trough Wine (already done). As a budget minded professional, If I'm deploying a render farm, it is more that likely that it will be a Linux farm.
* More speed !
* Tech support (this could be charged extra or by time subscription). If I'm starting a BIG contract work and I decide to do the renderings with Indigo, I need the peace of mind of knowing that If things go crazy at the last minute, there is someone I could call and will answer my questions and help me get the job done in time.
* Rendering of Videos... see why I need more speed ?